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Phoenix in Maricopa County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Father Albert Braun O.F.M.
Born September 5, 1889 Died March 6, 1983
 
Father Albert Braun O.F.M. Marker Photo, Click for full size
January 23, 2010
1. Father Albert Braun O.F.M. Marker
 
Inscription. Father Albert was a young missionary and teacher to the Mescalero Apaches in New Mexico and other tribes in Arizona.
Father Braun was an Army chaplain in World War I and World War II receiving the Purple Heart and two Silver Stars for his heroic service. He was a prisoner of war for 40 months in the Phillipines.
He came to Arizona in 1949 and assisted the poor in McNary, Parker on the Colorado River and St. John's Indian Mission. He was also a teacher at St. Mary's High School in Phoenix.
Discouraged Hispanics in Central Phoenix needed a church and Father Braun told them, "Bring me a brick and together we will build a church." The bricks came and the church was built.
His legacy lives in in the thousands of lives he touched. So revered was he that upon his death, the Mescalero Apaches claimed his body for burial among them.
"He lifted the spirits of people and gave them dignity"
Awards:
Two Silver Stars Purple Heart Legion of Merit Arizona Medal of Honor Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame

Architect: Robert Gomez
Sculptor: Carlos Ayala
Landscape Architect: Ruben L. Valenzuela
 
Erected by Friends of Father Albert Braun.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the
 
Father Albert Braun O.F.M. Statue Photo, Click for full size
January 23, 2010
2. Father Albert Braun O.F.M. Statue
Commemorative stones (Left to Right) from New Mexico,the Phillipines, and Arizona are in the Background
 
Markers Attached to Sculpture marker series.
 
Location. 33° 26.895′ N, 112° 5.659′ W. Marker is in Phoenix, Arizona, in Maricopa County. Marker can be reached from West Adams Street. Click for map. Located in Wesley Bolin Memorial Park, Arizona State Capitol Concourse. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1600 West Adams, Phoenix AZ 85007, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Arizona Korean War Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Jewish War Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Memorial to Arizona Confederate Troops (within shouting distance of this marker); U.S.S. Arizona Signal Mast (within shouting distance of this marker); Arizona World War II Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Arizona's Pioneer Women (within shouting distance of this marker); Navajo Code Talkers (within shouting distance of this marker); Arizona's U.S.S. Arizona Memorial - In Memory of the Gallant Men (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line). Click for a list of all markers in Phoenix.
 
More about this marker. There are three commemorative stones, each accompanied by a plaque at this Monument: One from Yarnell, AZ; another from the Phillipines; the last from the Mescalero Apache Reservation. They are visible in the background of Father Braun's statue.
 
Father Albert Braun O.F.M. Yarnell Memory Stone Plaque Photo, Click for full size
January 23, 2010
3. Father Albert Braun O.F.M. Yarnell Memory Stone Plaque
This stone came from Yarnell, Arizona and it represents the people of Arizona. Father Braun was fond of Yarnell which became a place of respite in his later years. Father Albert built Sacred Heart church in Phoenix and was a teacher at St. Mary's HIgh School. He worked tirelessly to improve the lives of those with the most need.

This memorial was built entirely from donations by the many friends of Father Albert and is a tribute to all servicemen and women who served with honor in defense of America, the greatest country in the world.
 

 
Regarding Father Albert Braun O.F.M.. The church built by Father Braun and his Hispanic parishoners still stands in the West flight approach path to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. The neighborhood around it was razed for safety as the airport was expanded. The church building is the only remaining building on the block.
 
Father Albert Braun O.F.M. Marker - Phillipines Memorial Stone Plaque Photo, Click for full size
January 23, 2010
4. Father Albert Braun O.F.M. Marker - Phillipines Memorial Stone Plaque
This stone came from the Phillipine Islands where Father Braun was a Japanese prisoner of war for 40 months. The American Legion Department of the Phillipines arranged for the quarrying of the stone and transportation to Arizona.

Supporters of this memorial include:
Sierra Club of Phoenix ∙ Governor Rose Mofford ∙ Mary Rose Wilcox ∙ Senator Dennis DeConcini ∙ Richard Trujillo ∙ Eddie Basha ∙ The American Legion ∙ Disabled American Veterans ∙ The Arizona Army National Guard ∙ Ray-O-Concrete ∙ The Franciscan Friars, Province of Santa Barbara ∙ Marceline, Bill & Syd Nichols ∙ Kilauea Crushers, Inc. ∙
and many others
 
 
Father Albert Braun O.F.M. Marker - Mescalero Apache Memorial Stone Plaque Photo, Click for full size
January 23, 2010
5. Father Albert Braun O.F.M. Marker - Mescalero Apache Memorial Stone Plaque
The Mescalero Apaches donated this stone in memory of Father Albert who was a missionary for many years. He built St. Joseph's Church in Mescalero, N.M. for them and was buried in the church.

Father Albert Braun Memorial Committee
Tony Valenzuela ∙ Vic Kramer ∙ Richard Trujillo ∙ Eddie Basha ∙ Mary Rose Wilcox ∙ Alfred O. Romo ∙ Lou Blakely ∙ Pete Zepeda ∙ Gary Weiand ∙ Sam Gonzales ∙ Frank Barrios ∙ Ray Salazar ∙ Father Terence Finnegan
Finance Committee
Rose Mofford ∙ Del Sedillo ∙ Raul Hernandez ∙ John Brooke, C.P.A.
 
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